Product Photography During Quarantine

It's been a while since my firs post back in December on here. I thought I'd stay up on it who I am kidding. Anyways, since I haven't been able to go out and do the portrait setups I've been craving to do I've been focused on growing my skill set in the product photography world. Taking classes and doing homework in the foyer. The biggest challenge has been the lack of space. Needing to move a light 3 inches to the left and I can't because there's a wall there.

You can't really tell, but there's a product in there somewhere. Here's a better BTS shot...

A much better example. I've been shooting so many products with this style of lighting setup. Focusing on gradients across glossy and metallic surfaces. Easily the hardest thing I've had to learn in my journey so far and I'm so glad I did. I didn't even know to look for something like this before I started. Placing a diffused light source on a subject is not enough it make the material in the photo look like the material it actually is. You need to place diffusion at an angle in front of your light to create that gradient. And that gradient will make your subject look like the material it is made out of. Who knew?

A better example of what I'm talking about. The light on the left. Such a simple thing that I never thought of because I wasn't fully understanding how light was interacting with the material the product was made of. Now that I'm aware of this I'm hoping for an exponential leap in my final image quality. Here are some of the final results from an early weekend in quarantine back in April...

Just some fun examples of how being at home can help push your skill set forward.

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